"I’m a very forgiving person, but there’s one thing that I could never be a part of, and that one thing happened," Wendy Williams said
Wendy Williams has confirmed that she decided to divorce Kevin Hunter, her husband of 21 years, once she learned that he’d impregnated a woman with whom he was having an affair.
A source had told PEOPLE back in April that Hunter’s affair and child had been the motivator for Williams’ decision to walk away from her two-decade marriage. And in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times Magazine published Monday, the talk show host said just that — explaining that there was “no vacillating” when she learned what had happened.
“Kevin had a major indiscretion that he will have to deal with for the rest of his life. An indiscretion that I will not deal with,” Williams, 55, said. “I never thought that I would be in this position. I’m a very forgiving person, but there’s one thing that I could never be a part of, and that one thing happened.”
Asked what that “one thing” is, Williams claimed, “Kevin has a daughter.”
Hunter did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, but he broke his silence in a statement to PEOPLE in April, admitting he was “not proud of my recent actions.”
“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said. “No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”
Williams filed for divorce from Hunter in April. She also cut ties with him professionally; he was removed as executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show, and she dissolved The Hunter Foundation, the non-profit organization the couple founded in 2014.
In her interview with The New York Times Magazine, she said that learning of Hunter’s affair and child was a major part of the reason she decided to move into the sober house.
“I’d done my detective work. I knew what was about to happen, and I was like, ‘Let me go someplace where you’re not allowed to have the whole bottle of wine,’ ” Williams recalled. “When you see your husband’s mistress with a burgeoning belly and you’re a blabbermouth on TV with a successful show, you know what’s about to happen. I needed to go someplace quiet.”
“My husband was about to have a baby, and I knew that I was about to divorce,” she added. “I knew that there would be headlines. I had to process it so that once I came out, I came out on top. I didn’t work for three decades to land at the bottom over some [expletive] like this.”
Despite how their relationship ended, Williams told The New York Times Magazine that she won’t speak negatively about Hunter.
“He will always be my family, because we have a 19-year-old son [Kevin Hunter Jr.], and we were together for 25 years and married for 21,” Williams said.
“People want me to hate and scream and talk. I won’t,” she added, through tears. “It bothers me that people say, ‘Keep it as clean as you can, because you have a child together.’ That’s not the main reason to keep it clean. The main reason I won’t talk badly about Kevin is that he was my first true love. I will not have people talk badly. I talk filthy about him, but that is when I get in my apartment and the door is closed and I am talking to myself in the mirror.”
The Wendy Williams Show returns for season 11 on Sept. 16 (check local listings).